The President’s Address at the Opening of the Edward Kennedy Institute


THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. To Vicki, Ted, Patrick, Curran, Caroline, Ambassador Smith, members of the Kennedy family — thank you so much for inviting me to speak today. Your Eminence, Cardinal O’Malley; Vice President Biden; Governor Baker; Mayor Walsh; members of Congress, past and present; and pretty much every elected official in Massachusetts — (laughter) — it is an honor to mark this occasion with you.

Boston, know that Michelle and I have joined our prayers with yours these past few days for a hero — former Army Ranger and Boston Police Officer John Moynihan, who was shot in the line of duty on Friday night. (Applause.) I mention him because, last year, at the White House, the Vice President and I had the chance to honor Officer Moynihan as one of America’s “Top Cops” for his bravery in the line of duty, for risking his life to save a fellow officer. And thanks to the heroes at Boston Medical Center, I’m told Officer Moynihan is awake, and talking, and we wish him a full and speedy recovery. (Applause.)

I also want to single out someone who very much wanted to be here, just as he was every day for nearly 25 years as he represented this commonwealth alongside Ted in the Senate — and that’s Secretary of State John Kerry. (Applause.) As many of you know, John is in Europe with our allies and partners, leading the negotiations with Iran and the world community, and standing up for a principle that Ted and his brother, President Kennedy, believed in so strongly: “Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.” (Applause.)

And, finally, in his first years in the Senate, Ted dispatched a young aide to assemble a team of talent without rival. The sell was simple: Come and help Ted Kennedy make history. So I want to give a special shout-out to his extraordinarily loyal staff — (applause) — 50 years later a family more than one thousand strong. This is your day, as well. We’re proud of you. (Applause.) Of course, many of you now work with me. (Laughter.) So enjoy today, because we got to get back to work. (Laughter.)

Distinguished guests, fellow citizens — in 1958, Ted Kennedy was a young man working to reelect his brother, Jack, to the United States Senate. On election night, the two toasted one another: “Here’s to 1960, Mr. President,” Ted said, “If you can make it.” With his quick Irish wit, Jack returned the toast: “Here’s to 1962, Senator Kennedy, if you can make it.” (Laughter.) They both made it. And today, they’re together again in eternal rest at Arlington.

But their legacies are as alive as ever together right here in Boston. The John F. Kennedy Library next door is a symbol of our American idealism; the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate as a living example of the hard, frustrating, never-ending, but critical work required to make that idealism real.

What more fitting tribute, what better testament to the life of Ted Kennedy, than this place that he left for a new generation of Americans — a monument not to himself but to what we, the people, have the power to do together.

Any of us who have had the privilege to serve in the Senate know that it’s impossible not to share Ted’s awe for the history swirling around you — an awe instilled in him by his brother, Jack. Ted waited more than a year to deliver his first speech on the Senate floor. That’s no longer the custom. (Laughter.) It’s good to see Trent and Tom Daschle here, because they remember what customs were like back then. (Laughter.)

And Ted gave a speech only because he felt there was a topic — the Civil Rights Act — that demanded it. Nevertheless, he spoke with humility, aware, as he put it, that “a freshman Senator should be seen, not heard; should learn, and not teach.”

Some of us, I admit, have not always heeded that lesson. (Laughter.) But fortunately, we had Ted to show us the ropes anyway. And no one made the Senate come alive like Ted Kennedy. It was one of the great pleasures of my life to hear Ted Kennedy deliver one of his stem winders on the Floor. Rarely was he more animated than when he’d lead you through the living museums that were his offices. He could — and he would — tell you everything that there was to know about all of it. (Laughter.)

And then there were more somber moments. I still remember the first time I pulled open the drawer of my desk. Each senator is assigned a desk, and there’s a tradition of carving the names of those who had used it before. And those names in my desk included Taft and Baker, Simon, Wellstone, and Robert F. Kennedy.

The Senate was a place where you instinctively pulled yourself up a little bit straighter; where you tried to act a little bit better. “Being a senator changes a person,” Ted wrote in his memoirs. As Vicki said, it may take a year, or two years, or three years, but it always happens; it fills you with a heightened sense of purpose.

That’s the magic of the Senate. That’s the essence of what it can be. And who but Ted Kennedy, and his family, would create a full-scale replica of the Senate chamber, and open it to everyone?

We live in a time of such great cynicism about all our institutions. And we are cynical about government and about Washington, most of all. It’s hard for our children to see, in the noisy and too often trivial pursuits of today’s politics, the possibilities of our democracy — our capacity, together, to do big things.

And this place can help change that. It can help light the fire of imagination, plant the seed of noble ambition in the minds of future generations. Imagine a gaggle of school kids clutching tablets, turning classrooms into cloakrooms and hallways into hearing rooms, assigned an issue of the day and the responsibility to solve it.

Imagine their moral universe expanding as they hear about the momentous battles waged in that chamber and how they echo throughout today’s society. Great questions of war and peace, the tangled bargains between North and South, federal and state; the original sins of slavery and prejudice; and the unfinished battles for civil rights and opportunity and equality.

Imagine the shift in their sense of what’s possible. The first time they see a video of senators who look like they do — men and women, blacks and whites, Latinos, Asian-Americans; those born to great wealth but also those born of incredibly modest means.

Imagine what a child feels the first time she steps onto that floor, before she’s old enough to be cynical; before she’s told what she can’t do; before she’s told who she can’t talk to or work with; what she feels when she sits at one of those desks; what happens when it comes her turn to stand and speak on behalf of something she cares about; and cast a vote, and have a sense of purpose.

It’s maybe just not for kids. What if we all carried ourselves that way? What if our politics, our democracy, were as elevated, as purposeful, as she imagines it to be right here?

Towards the end of his life, Ted reflected on how Congress has changed over time. And those who served earlier I think have those same conversations. It’s a more diverse, more accurate reflection of America than it used to be, and that is a grand thing, a great achievement. But Ted grieved the loss of camaraderie and collegiality, the face-to-face interaction. I think he regretted the arguments now made to cameras instead of colleagues, directed at a narrow base instead of the body politic as a whole; the outsized influence of money and special interests — and how it all leads more Americans to turn away in disgust and simply choose not to exercise their right to vote.

Now, since this is a joyous occasion, this is not the time for me to suggest a slew of new ideas for reform. Although I do have some. (Laughter.) Maybe I’ll just mention one.

What if we carried ourselves more like Ted Kennedy? What if we worked to follow his example a little bit harder? To his harshest critics, who saw him as nothing more than a partisan lightning rod — that may sound foolish, but there are Republicans here today for a reason. They know who Ted Kennedy was. It’s not because they shared Ted’s ideology or his positions, but because they knew Ted as somebody who bridged the partisan divide over and over and over again, with genuine effort and affection, in an era when bipartisanship has become so very rare.

(Connecticut State Sen Ted Kennedy Jr, the First Lady and Victoria Kennedy)

They knew him as somebody who kept his word. They knew him as somebody who was willing to take half a loaf and endure the anger of his own supporters to get something done. They knew him as somebody who was not afraid. And fear so permeates our politics, instead of hope. People fight to get in the Senate and then they’re afraid. We fight to get these positions and then don’t want to do anything with them. And Ted understood the only point of running for office was to get something done — not to posture; not to sit there worrying about the next election or the polls — to take risks. He understood that differences of party or philosophy could not become barriers to cooperation or respect.

He could howl at injustice on the Senate floor like a force of nature, while nervous aides tried to figure out which chart to pull up next. (Laughter.) But in his personal dealings, he answered Edmund Randolph’s call to keep the Senate a place to “restrain, if possible, the fury of democracy.”

I did not know Ted as long as some of the speakers here today. But he was my friend. I owe him a lot. And as far as I could tell, it was never ideology that compelled him, except insofar as his ideology said, you should help people; that you should have a life of purpose; that you should be empathetic and be able to put yourself in somebody else’s shoes, and see through their eyes. His tirelessness, his restlessness, they were rooted in his experience.

(Photo by Pete Souza)

By the age of 12, he was a member of a Gold Star Family. By 36, two of his brothers were stolen from him in the most tragic, public of ways. By 41, he nearly lost a beloved child to cancer. And that made suffering something he knew. And it made him more alive to the suffering of others.

While his son was sleeping after treatment, Ted would wander the halls of the hospital and meet other parents keeping vigil over their own children. They were parents terrified of what would happen when they couldn’t afford the next treatment; parents working out what they could sell or borrow or mortgage just to make it just a few more months — and then, if they had to, bargain with God for the rest.

There, in the quiet night, working people of modest means and one of the most powerful men in the world shared the same intimate, immediate sense of helplessness. He didn’t see them as some abstraction. He knew them. He felt them. Their pain was his as much as they might be separated by wealth and fame. And those families would be at the heart of Ted’s passions. Just like the young immigrant, he would see himself in that child. They were his cause — the sick child who couldn’t see a doctor; the young soldier sent to battle without armor; the citizen denied her rights because of what she looked like or where she came from or who she loves.

He quietly attended as many military funerals in Massachusetts as he could for those who fell in Iraq and Afghanistan. He called and wrote each one of the 177 families in this commonwealth who lost a loved one on 9/11, and he took them sailing, and played with their children, not just in the days after, but every year after.

His life’s work was not to champion those with wealth or power or connections; they already had enough representation. It was to give voice to the people who wrote and called him from every state, desperate for somebody who might listen and help. It was about what he could do for others.

It’s why he’d take his hearings to hospitals in rural towns and inner cities, and push people out of their comfort zones, including his colleagues. Because he had pushed himself out of his comfort zone. And he tried to instill in his colleagues that same sense of empathy. Even if they called him, as one did, “wrong at the top of his lungs.” Even if they might disagree with him 99 percent of the time. Because who knew what might happen with that other 1 percent?

Orrin Hatch was sent to Washington in part because he promised to fight Ted Kennedy. And they fought a lot. One was a conservative Mormon from Utah, after all; the other one was, well, Ted Kennedy. (Laughter.) But once they got to know one another, they discovered certain things in common — a devout faith, a soft spot for health care, very fine singing voices. (Laughter.)

In 1986, when Republicans controlled the Senate, Orrin held the first hearing on the AIDS epidemic, even hugging an AIDS patient — an incredible and very important gesture at the time. The next year, Ted took over the committee, and continued what Orrin started. When Orrin’s father passed away, Ted was one of the first to call. It was over dinner at Ted’s house one night that they decided to try and insure the 10 million children who didn’t have access to health care.

As that debate hit roadblocks in Congress, as apparently debates over health care tend to do, Ted would have his Chief of Staff serenade Orrin to court his support. When hearings didn’t go Ted’s way, he might puff on a cigar to annoy Orrin, who disdained smoking. (Laughter.) When they didn’t go Orrin’s way, he might threaten to call Ted’s sister, Eunice. (Laughter.) And when it came time to find a way to pay for the Children’s Health Insurance Program that they, together, had devised, Ted pounced, offering a tobacco tax and asking, “Are you for Joe Camel and the Marlboro Man, or millions of children who lack adequate health care?”

It was the kind of friendship unique to the Senate, calling to mind what John Calhoun once said of Henry Clay: “I don’t like Clay. He is a bad man, an imposter, a creator of wicked schemes. I wouldn’t speak to him, but, by God, I love him!” (Laughter.)

(From second left: Maria Kennedy Shriver, Mark Shriver and Caroline Kennedy)

So, sure, Orrin Hatch once called Ted “one of the major dangers to the country.” (Laughter.) But he also stood up at a gathering in Ted’s last months, and said, “I’m asking you all to pray for Ted Kennedy.”

The point is, we can fight on almost everything. But we can come together on some things. And those “somethings” can mean everything to a whole lot of people.

It was common ground that led Ted and Orrin to forge a compromise that covered millions of kids with health care. It was common ground, rooted in the plight of loved ones, that led Ted and Chuck Grassley to cover kids with disabilities; that led Ted and Pete Domenici to fight for equal rights for Americans with a mental illness.

(VP Biden, Jean Kennedy and Patrick Kennedy)

Common ground, not rooted in abstractions or stubborn, rigid ideologies, but shared experience, that led Ted and John McCain to work on a Patient’s Bill of Rights, and to work to forge a smarter, more just immigration system.

A common desire to fix what’s broken. A willingness to compromise in pursuit of a larger goal. A personal relationship that lets you fight like heck on one issue, and shake hands on the next — not through just cajoling or horse-trading or serenades, but through Ted’s brand of friendship and kindness, and humor and grace.

“What binds us together across our differences in religion or politics or economic theory,” Ted wrote in his memoirs, “[is] all we share as human beings — the wonder that we experience when we look at the night sky; the gratitude that we know when we feel the heat of the sun; the sense of humor in the face of the unbearable; and the persistence of suffering. And one thing more — the capacity to reach across our differences to offer a hand of healing.”

(Joan Kennedy stands up as she is recognized during the dedication)

For all the challenges of a changing world, for all the imperfections of our democracy, the capacity to reach across our differences is something that’s entirely up to us.

May we all, in our own lives, set an example for the kids who enter these doors, and exit with higher expectations for their country.

May we all remember the times this American family has challenged us to ask what we can do; to dream and say why not; to seek a cause that endures; and sail against the wind in its pursuit, and live our lives with that heightened sense of purpose.

Thank you. May God bless you. May He continue to bless this country we love. Thank you. (Applause.)




113 Responses to “The President’s Address at the Opening of the Edward Kennedy Institute”

  1. 1 jackiegrumbacher
    March 30, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Thanks for the text, Chips, and the glorious photos.

  2. 9 jackiegrumbacher
    March 30, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    The photos of Jean Kennedy and Joan Kennedy really make me feel my age. I remember when both were young and Joan, especially, was very beautiful. Robert Kennedy used to call her “the dish.”

  3. March 30, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    In the last post, Nena20409 included the tweets about Ronald Reagan’s early onset Alzheimer’s and it reminded me of when we saw him here in Iowa. I had to google it, but on 8/8/1992 he was at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library 10 miles from here. So we went to see the speech, because it was a nice day and he was a U.S. president after all, even though we never voted for him. And while listening to his speech, I remember thinking that he repeated a whole section that he had just said a few minutes earlier. Can’t say I remember anything else about the event – but that was pretty significant, apparently.

    • March 30, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      Wow muscatinegal, a whole section? That’s amazing. Had be been diagnosed by then?

    • 15 jackiegrumbacher
      March 30, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      Muscatin, I always felt that once the Alzheimer was recognized by his medical team, Reagan should have stepped down for the good of the country. It was incredibly risky to have a president and commander in chief who did not have full control of his faculties and literally anything could have happened while his mind was off somewhere. I’ve always had the feeling that his and Nancy’s ego got in the way of their patriotism. Alzheimer is a horrific disease and I pity anyone who suffers from it, but it wasn’t fair to Americans to have someone with medically impaired judgment in charge of life and death security decisions.

    • March 30, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      Well, Wikipedia says he was diagnosed in August 1994 – two years later – but he probably was experiencing it at our event. And obviously at various times before. I agree that he should have stepped down, but obviously his “team” didn’t think so. I don’t think they hid it as well as they thought – maybe they were trying to be like FDR hiding his polio?

      • 17 jackiegrumbacher
        March 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm

        Having a physical disability with a clear mind is in a whole other league from being mentally impaired from Alzheimers. His team did a grave disservice to their country and I think history should record that.

  4. 19 JER
    March 30, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    The President’s Arrival at JBA.. Click here ► ► http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  5. 20 nospin
    March 30, 2015 at 4:51 pm

  6. 21 GGail
    March 30, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Chips, this is beautiful. If I was ancient, I would print this out and put it in a scrapbook or photo album, but being as how progressive and current I am, I’ll just try to remember where to find it in the TOD archives. Thank you for memories in the making.

  7. 25 GGail
    March 30, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    The Kennedy face is handsome on the males in the family, but not so kind to the females. I’m always startled when I see the men and the women of the Kennedy clan all together, and their faces are side by side.

    • 26 Nena20409
      March 30, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      Deeds, Heart of the Person, Service trump looks…..
      But then again, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
      ❤ rules.
      Politically, no one singular family has given enough in Treasure, Time and Blood.
      IMHO of the Kennedy Family.

  8. 28 Nerdy Wonka
    March 30, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Wonderful tribute, Chips. Just wonderful.

  9. 30 0388jojothecat
    March 30, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Thank you Chips for posting PBO’s speech at the Ted Kennedy Institute and transcribing it as well. This was a very powerful speech about Senator Kennedy and how the Senate has devolved to what it is today. Our cherished institutions are crumbling before our eyes with the hatred of those being elected by the haters who put them there.

  10. 32 Nena20409
    March 30, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    What a Post! Perfection! Brilliant, Chips.
    Congrats Jackie on your Au ⭐

  11. 33 Nena20409
    March 30, 2015 at 5:29 pm

  12. 34 Nena20409
    March 30, 2015 at 5:29 pm

  13. 35 Nena20409
    March 30, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Well said, Trevor Noah.

  14. 41 Nena20409
    March 30, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    • March 30, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      it is hard to actually believe that after 12 years of Bushes…and after their devastating impact on America….America is contemplating another 4 years w/ a Bush…Incredible

    • 43 Linda
      March 30, 2015 at 5:48 pm

      He also signed the first Stand Your Ground Law with an NRA executive standing by his side.

    • 44 0388jojothecat
      March 30, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      He’s got too much previous Bush stank on him and the worst stench is the GWB stank, Cheney stank, Rummy stank, and plan old WAR stank.

    • 46 MightyPamela
      March 30, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      Terri Shiavo will be watching, if this fool does choose to attempt the white house. Let this serve as a reminder to each and every one who does not yet have a Living Will and/or a DNR signed and in place, to protect yourself and your family from idiots who somehow believe lying in a bed, unable to think, to speak, to witness life is ‘dignified’, or that ‘quality of life’ is intact. Make sure to put it all into writing, what you want, what you do NOT want, and have the papers notarized. You must name a willing spokesperson. Do it soon, as we all know things happen suddenly and if you are not able to speak for yourself, you may become Terri Shiavo. Heaven forbid.

  15. 47 MightyPamela
    March 30, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    A memo on multitasking: don’t you just love it when you set your cup of fresh, hot tea down beside your iphone, tap the phone to check the screen, just enough to have the damn phone jump up, lift up the saucer which of course spills the fresh, hot tea over onto the phone, as well as into a lovely cascade of fresh, hot tea over the edge of the stool and all over the floor? I just love when that happens ~ I leave the rest to your imagination, but of course rescued the damn phone first. Sheesh. All I really wanted to do was drink the tea. So, why didn’t I just do that first? ❤ Not to worry, I'm fine. No longer shattered. All in one piece. 😉

    • March 30, 2015 at 5:58 pm

      Never had quite that experience, but certainly close. Oh me, oh my. I do feel your pain and frustration. What’s the saying–All’s well that ends well.” You saved your phone.😄😄😄😄😄😄😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

    • 49 0388jojothecat
      March 30, 2015 at 5:58 pm

      Lesson learned MP….drink hot drink first….worry about phone later…..or…just don’t have iphone next to any hot liquid and try and use it too. 🙂 🙂

    • 50 GGail
      March 30, 2015 at 6:19 pm

      MP, I keep my phone on one side of me and any liquid in cups or glasses on the other side of me & never will the two meet

    • 56 MightyPamela
      March 30, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      Yes, a mishap to serve as a reminder why we do not mix electronic devices with beverages. Not to be forgotten! First time for everything, and a last time too. 😉

  16. 57 Linda
    March 30, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    The alternative rock band Wilco on Monday slammed Indiana’s new anti-gay “religious freedom” bill as “thinly disguised legal discrimination” in a tweet announcing that an upcoming concert in the state was canceled.

  17. 59 57andfemale
    March 30, 2015 at 5:54 pm

  18. 60 Nena20409
    March 30, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    • 61 MightyPamela
      March 30, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      Well, this is just crazy. Did the bus driver not wonder very quickly why a 4 year old child was getting onto a bus at that hour??

      • 62 GGail
        March 30, 2015 at 7:11 pm

        Yes, MP, he did. In fact, the guy who was waiting for a bus, flagged this bus down & told the driver about this little girl being out & alone. The driver invited the little girl onto his bus, while he called the police. I saw her mama & daddy on television Saturday. I’ll say no more.

  19. 64 Nena20409
    March 30, 2015 at 5:55 pm

  20. 77 Linda
    March 30, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Because the Indiana law is NOT about discrimination ?

    Indiana Lawmakers Admit “No Gays” Signs Will be Allowed

    During a joint press conference, Brian Bosma, Speaker of the House and the Senate’s Pro Tem David Long acknowledged that homophobic shop keepers will be allowed to display “No Gays allowed” signs.

    Here’s the exchange between the lawmakers and a reporter, as reported by Raw Story.

    “You guys have said repeatedly that we shouldn’t be able to discriminate against anyone, but if you just ignore the existence of this law, can’t we already do that now? Can’t so-and-so in Richmond put a sign up and say ‘No Gays Allowed?’” she asked. “That’s not against the law, correct?”

    “It would depend,” Bosma replied. “If you were in a community that had a human rights ordinance that wouldn’t be the case.”

    “But most of the state does not have that, correct?” the reporter pressed.

    “That’s correct,” Bosma admitted.


    • March 30, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      I think the times have changed since 2002 when the Federal Government and many states including California enacted these laws (we most likely had a Rethug Governor then). Apparently these laws need to be challenged and heard by the SCOTUS because they are unconstitutional. Maybe they are waiting for the SCOTUS to weigh in on the marriage issue first then tackle this stupid law.

      Apparently Indiana CAN ALREADY discriminate against gays because they are not protected by state law in their constitution. With or without this law they can place “No Gays Allowed” signs in their shops, rental apartments, sales of homes, jobs, etc. I am glad that Indiana and all those “Red” states are taking heat on this because people are just tired of all this fucking hate.

  21. March 30, 2015 at 6:27 pm

  22. 83 0388jojothecat
    March 30, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Did anyone see this or post this already? Can’t post the video but it’s on ABC News website. Very touching.

    Alabama Mom’s Facebook Apology for Kids’ Movie Behavior Brings Recipient to Tears

    Mar 30, 2015, 5:57 PM ET

    PHOTO: Kyesha Smith Wood wrote on Facebook in search of a mystery moviegoer, calling her daughters’ behavior “rude, disrespectful, and awful.”

    A moviegoer who got an apology over social media from a mom who said she was mortified by her children’s “rude and obnoxious” behavior at the movies wrote in her own Facebook message that the apology “brought me to tears and shows there [are] still good people in the world.”

    Kyesha Smith Wood, of Birmingham, Alabama, dropped off her son, daughter and step-daughter at the movies, she said in a Facebook post early Saturday morning. The son is a teenager and the two girls are 13, according to ABC’s Birmingham affiliate, ABC 33/40.

    “My son later told me, much to my humiliation and embarrassment, that my girls were rude and obnoxious during the movie. The woman I’m looking for addressed them and asked them to be quiet and they were disrespectful,” Wood wrote on Facebook. “After the movie she approached my girls and told them that her husband had been laid off and this was the last movie she would be able to take her daughter to for a while and my girls ruined that for her.”

    Wood’s post asked for the woman to contact her.

    “This rude, disrespectful, and awful behavior is unacceptable and they owe you an apology,” Wood wrote.

    When sheriff’s office Sgt. Jack Self saw Wood’s post, he shared it on the Jefferson County Sheriff Facebook page. The post generated more than 245,000 likes after the sheriff’s department asked, “What do you think of the way this local mom is handling this situation?,” and added, “Looks like these children have great parents.”

    “I live in that community,” Self told ABC News today. “I just felt like if I could put it for a bigger audience, maybe she could find the lady she was looking for.”

    The Birmingham mom’s message spread and the apparent mystery woman — Rebecca Boyd of Adger, Alabama — left a comment on the sheriff’s office post.

    “I am the mom from the movie theatre,” Boyd wrote in the comment. “I had taken my daughter to see Cinderella..I was very upset and disappointed in the girls behavior…the note from their mom brought me to tears and shows there is still good people in the world. I have no hard feelings towards them and I am proud of their parents. The girls are not not bad…they are children. Glad they are learning a lesson. I hope if my teenagers are out and they act up…I hope someone says something to them.”

    Boyd then contacted Wood, according to ABC 33/40.

    “She’s the most gracious, kind and forgiving woman,” Wood told ABC 33/40. “I am so humbled by that.”

    Wood’s daughters will write an apology letter to Boyd, according to Wood’s Facebook post, and also contribute some of their allowance towards the Boyd family’s next trip to the movies.

    “My girls are so mortified,” Wood told ABC 33/40. “They are humiliated. And that’s OK because I told them, ‘You know what, you’re not going to do this again.”

    ABC 33/40 said the publicity over the story has resulted in support and job offers for Boyd’s family.

    Boyd told ABC News today she’d like to see the girls again.

    “I believe they’re good girls,” Boyd said. “They just made some mistakes.”

    • 84 GGail
      March 30, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      Great story and good lesson learned in the village. Bravo to both mothers. Thanks jojo!

    • 85 MightyPamela
      March 30, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      I did see this earlier, and felt relief to know all courtesy and graceful behavior is not gone forever from our country. I applaud both women for making sure the teenagers understand how inappropriate they were. I feel a little more hope for the future if parents are making the effort to shape their children into responsible adults.

  23. 86 JER
    March 30, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Spring is finally in the air at the White House. Please no more snow!

    petesouza/36 minutes ago

    • 87 GGail
      March 30, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      Beautiful and such vivid colors – thanks JER! You guys can send that precipitation West to us any time you’re ready, we’ll appreciate it.

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  25. 89 JER
    March 30, 2015 at 6:54 pm

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    • 94 GGail
      March 30, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      Yup, PF, I hear you loud & clear /smdh

    • 96 Nena20409
      March 31, 2015 at 1:41 pm

      This is how implicit racism operates.
      I guarantee that the people who did this, did it willfully for their subconscious dictated and deployed this obvious bigoted Visual without ever thinking……what did We, as a station, illustrated and conveyed to Our audience.

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  28. March 30, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Good ….

  29. 101 Jeff
    March 30, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Republicans are now SHOCKED I mean absolutely SHOCKED that so many are turning against their fascist views.

  30. 102 forus50
    March 30, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Hillary might want to run as a GOP candidate. In all seriousness she has trouble hiding her Republican roots. Her unending love of corporations. When has she ever spoken up in defense of unions? The only the thing she loves is their donations. An her hawkish foreign policy. The only thing she vocally aligns herself with Dems on is womens rights.

  31. March 30, 2015 at 7:58 pm

  32. 104 MightyPamela
    March 30, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    If anyone is interested, this is the service I have been taking my little 88 y/o client to on Sundays. I must say they are taking an active interest in moving away from ‘religiosity’ and into an interpretation which really helps people who need it. http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/seattle/2015/03/30/seattle-religious-affiliation-future-of-church/70687648/

  33. 106 jacquelineoboomer
    March 30, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    What a beautiful post, start to finish, Chips. Thank you so much.

  34. March 30, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    What a wonderful and very moving tribute to Senator Kennedy today. And thank you, Chips, for memorializing it for us here. I loved the speeches from our VP Joe and PBO. Warm, heartfelt and with humor. He was quite the man.

  35. 111 hopefruit2
    March 30, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Good evening Chips & TOD! 🙂 I’m enjoying all these gorgeous pics and video footage of our President’s fantastic tribute to Ted Kennedy. Thanks Chips!

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